Online resources


  • Artstor: Extensive digital library of 2.5+ million images, including the Department of Art and Archaeology Collection.
  • Artstor IAP: Within Artstor, Images for Academic Publishing offers publication-quality images free of charge.
  • Bridgeman Education: Database of 1.2+ million images from museums, galleries, institutions and private collections. Princeton community: email Visual Resources to obtain higher resolution files.


  • The British Museum: Free image access, with registration, to over 1 million images published under a Creative Commons license. Larger images are available for publication upon request.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: Open access to 30,000 images of works in the CMA permanent collection.
  • ColBase: Colbase is a database of collections in the four national museums of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Kyushu.
  • E-museum: View high-resolution images of national treasures and important cultural properties owned by Japan’s national institutes for cultural heritage.
  • Europeana: Access to images from over 3,000 European cultural institutions. Information about image use clearly indicated.
  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog: Open access to a collection that includes over 1.2 million digitized images. Rights assessment for publication is the individual’s responsibility.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Open access to over 406, 000 high-resolution images, many of which are also in ARTstor. Access upon request to images under copyright or other restrictions.
  • National Palace Museum, Taipei: Open access to 100,000 images in the NPM collection. Users are welcome to download all images on this site for free and unlimited use without application procedures.
  • Smithsonian Image Gallery: Open access to thousands of book illustrations, photos, drawings, and other images from across the Libraries. For publication, user must comply with all terms and restrictions.


  • Google Arts and Culture: View over 32,000 high-resolution images from international museums. Zoom in on details and virtually tour galleries.
  • Google Images: Filter for free-to-use images and large images. Pay attention to access restrictions.